A Girl Named Zippy

A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana                           Haven Kimmel


Growing up in the 60s in a small town in Indiana, Haven Kimmel manages to keep us laughing at the people of this town with a population of just 300. She makes us laugh at herself most of all. Apparently she didn’t talk until she was 3, but certainly has found her voice now.


In the book, I especially loved the easy relationship between Zippy and her Dad. She seemed to have a lot in common with him, including his love of being outdoors, his ironic sense of humor and dislike of attending church.


Zippy and her Dad

I enjoyed reading it but was surprised when it ended so abruptly without any real ending. I guess she already intended to write a sequel. I am looking forward to reading She Got Up Off the Couch, her second book.

Described as the story of a middle-aged housewife with kids who suddenly has to get up, go to college and find a job, She Gets Off tells the story of  Haven’s mom, Delonda Jarvis, who  manages to lose 100 lbs and get a master’s degree in English. Haven’s Dad was apparently a gambler who doesn’t come off  nearly as well in this book as he did in Zippy!

The author attended Ball State College in Muncie, Indiana, then took her master’s at North Carolina University. She is also working on the completion of a trilogy that began with The Solace of Leaving Early (2002) and Something Rising (Light and Swift) (2004).

Want to curl up with a good book on a rainy afternoon? Zippy is your book! I hope you enjoy it, too.This month in fiction, I enjoyed two novels,  The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman and Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.


The Light Between the Oceans grabs your attention from the first page when lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne finds a dead man in a small boat with a live baby. He and his wife raise the baby as their own and you”ll have to read it to see how it turns out!


I am a Lisa See fan, especially loved her biographical On Gold Mountain, the story of her American great-grandmother who married a “chinaman” in the days when such unions were illegal. Shanghai Girls is a novel of two sisters caught up in the Japanese invasion of Shanghai in 1937. They must accept the  marriages their father arranges for them and get on a ship for California. Though this book is fiction, it is the story of many Asian immigrants almost a hundred years ago.

Now the rainy season is upon us for real and this is the perfect day for reading! I think I’ll start Kimmel’s next book!


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